Curiosity, Inquiry, and the Geographical Imagination by Daniel Gade

By Daniel Gade

This e-book examines highbrow interest because the motive force in scholarly pastime at the borderlands of geography, background, anthropology, and different disciplines. the idea is that interest is a salient trait of yes humans prior and current and that every box has its exemplars during this regard. For Carl O. Sauer (1889-1975), America’s best geographer of the 20 th century, and his highbrow descendants, the inquisitive spirit stood excessive at the record of integral scholarly attributes. Their curiosity-driven reports converging house, time, ecology, and tradition concerned a fluid and unpredictable means of highbrow discovery. This publication, combining the empirical with the philosophical and reflexive, describes how the ability of intrinsic motivation and the thread of a romantic awareness combination with the enjoyment of polymathic exploration.

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Curiosity, Inquiry, and the Geographical Imagination

This booklet examines highbrow interest because the driver in scholarly activity at the borderlands of geography, background, anthropology, and different disciplines. the basis is that interest is a salient trait of yes humans previous and current and that every box has its exemplars during this regard.

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20 Baron Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) Among the most brilliant of highly curious people that Western civilization has produced stands the peripatetic Prussian nobleman who had developed a sense of inquiry already by age seven. More than simply demonstrating a deep interest in a range of subjects, he pioneered several of them for science. He is the outstanding exemplar of that philosophical terrain that describes the romantic scientist. For most of his life, Humboldt focused on understanding the material world: vegetation, plants, animals, rocks, ores, volcanoes, ocean currents and hydrography.

MacGregor 2007. 9. Daston and Park 1998. 10. Volmer 2004, 70–72. 11. Stagl 1995, 46. 12. Thomas 1994. 13. Campbell 1937. 14. Stauffer 1882. 15. Dean 1810, 5. 16. Dean 1810. 17. Kane 2003, 440. 18. Griffiths 2006, 76. 19. Kennedy 2001. 20. James 1890. 22. Berlyne 1954, 187; Berlyne 1960. 23. Maw 1971. In Brockman’s book [Curious Minds (2004)] of autobiographical sketches of well-known scientists, all saw themselves as children with much curiosity. 24. Spielberger and Starr 1994; Silvia 2006; Loewenstein 1994.

International transfers of intellectual talent, an increasingly common phenomenon, benefit the individual and the host country, but deny the originating countries their knowledge, drive and curiosity. Notes 1. Pasternak 2007. 2. Ginzburg 1989, 103. qxd 8/8/2011 3:18 PM Page 20 20 curiosity, inquiry, and the geographical imagination 3. In all the Romance languages, the word for curiosity is modeled, like English, on the Latin word curiositas. German has two words for curiosity: Wissbegierde refers to intellectual curiosity, whereas Neugierigkeit more generally means a wish to know something.

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